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Attention Brought to Choking Hazard Posed by Bean Bag Chairs in Light of Recent Deaths

There are all sorts of fun and entertaining products made specifically for children. However, when products made for children are dangerous and defective and pose a risk for injury or death, that fun is quickly diminished and replaced with fear. Our attorneys believe that parents and children should not have to live with a fear of whether or not the products they use are safe or will cause them serious harm. For that reason we both bring our readers news about product recalls and continue to fight for these dangerous products to be removed from the marketplace through product liability lawsuits.

In product liability cases, companies and manufacturers can be held liable if their dangerous or defective product was the cause of injury or death. In order to hold a commercial entity liable, a plaintiff must prove that the company knew about the defect but failed to remove the item from the marketplace, failed to properly inspect the product for defects they would have otherwise discovered, and/or failed to warn consumers about known dangers. If a plaintiff can establish these factors, they can recover compensation for their injuries or for the wrongful death of a loved one.

Imagine back to when you were little. As a small child you often looked forward to Saturday morning to wake up and grab a bowl of your favorite cereal and watch Saturday morning cartoons. Oftentimes you probably did this in a bean bag chair to be cozy and close to the television.

However, according to recent news by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these fun chairs for children have recent been brought to attention for being a choking hazard and the cause of recent deaths. As a result, 2.2 million bean bag chairs have been recalled. In two separate incidents, one involving a 13-year-old and the other involving a 3-year old, children died after suffocating from lack of air and inhaling the foam beads. In both of these incidents, the children were found dead inside of the chairs.

According to the article, the hazard lies with the zippers of the bag. These zippers can be opened by children who can then crawl inside, become trapped, and suffocate or choke on the foam bead filling. Right now there is a voluntary standard for non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. With these recalled chairs though, they have two zippers that can be unzipped and opened. There is one on the exterior cover and another underneath that zipper. Consumers have been advised and urged to check their own bean bag chairs for these zippers and to take them away from children. They can also contact Ace Bayou for a free repair kit to permanently disable the zippers.

As you know, product liability lawsuits often consist of claims regarding dangerous toys but are not limited to toys alone. These lawsuits can also include claims regarding food, pharmaceuticals, household products, clothing, appliances, etc. For over 20 years our attorneys have represented injured consumers against companies who have provided dangerous goods. If you have been harmed or lost a loved one due to a defective product, a product liability lawsuit may be the right choice for you. Call our law firm for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.